The 2015 Relay For Life Isle of Man has raised £77,939 for Cancer Research UK.
Sponsored for the fifth consecutive year by Celton Manx the overnight community event took place on Saturday August 29 at the National Sports Centre where the figure was announced by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor Mr Adam Wood at the closing ceremony the following day.
The relay attracted more than 900 participants, including 90 cancer survivors and 53 teams drawn from a broad cross section of the local community – businesses, volunteer organisations, families and friends – with Sally’s Army raising £6000 to take the team fundraising award.
Nicola Walkingshaw, who chaired the organising committee, said: ‘The Relay, which is an entirely volunteer-led event, is part of a global fundraising campaign for Cancer Research UK which has so far raised over £250,000 for Cancer Research UK since it started in the island six years ago. With six weeks left to bank or donate monies, we’re hopeful that the target of £85,000 for this year will be smashed again, with a big reveal of the final total planned for Friday October 16.
‘I’m absolutely overwhelmed and grateful once again for the wealth of support we have for Relay: the hard work from the teams, and the generosity and support from our lead sponsor Celton Manx and so many other local businesses and individuals who make the event possible. To think that our small community can make such a difference is incredible; we’re fighting back against this disease which is devastating and, unfortunately for our small community, has touched many of us in one way or another. Research saves lives, and the advances made in that research mean that today, more people survive cancer than ever before.’
Nicola said the weekend was ‘a huge hit’, with families and supporters taking part in everything from fancy dress-themed laps to a Miss Relay pageant hosted by Dot Tilbury, and a mini-disco, while the Tower of Refuge and the Douglas power station in Pulrose were lit up purple over the weekend in support.
Celton Manx head of business development Mike Stanton said: ‘I was delighted to be involved; not only to represent Celton Manx as Relay For Life Isle of Man’s sponsor for the fifth year in succession, but also to share in what is always such a well organised and truly life-changing community event.
‘It’s an event that’s as memorable for the amazing amount of money raised each year as it is for celebrating life, bringing generations together to remember those lost to cancer and for helping to advance Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.
‘Nicola and the rest of the Relay committee are to be congratulated for creating such a fantastic day and I applaud their efforts for not only raising huge sums of money – more than £250,000 over five years – but also for raising hope.’
‘Bill Mummery, executive director of Celton Manx said: ‘We take investing in the community and “being a good neighbour” very seriously. For Celton Manx getting behind a campaign isn’t just about offering financial support, it means listening to and learning about every good cause we choose to help.
‘Thanks to Nicola and her team of dedicated volunteers, sponsoring Relay for Life Isle of Man these past five years we have learned a great deal. We’ve learned about the very real difference fundraising is making to the work of Cancer Research UK; we’ve learned how cancer touches people’s lives in so many different ways and, importantly, we’ve learned how Relay For Life Isle of Man really does show that united we can be stronger than cancer.’
Celton Manx head of business development Mike Stanton is pictured addressing participants ahead of the start of this year’s Relay For Life Isle of Man